penny lane wrote: TrueNorth wrote: penny lane wrote:
Desiato wrote:Can you imagine what it was like to play on the hyper-disciplined, structured, well-oiled machine that was Team Canada and then return to Pensville? It must have been something of a rude awakening.
During Sid's first Olympics, the Pens were fresh from a validating cup win, so it may not have been as apparent to him then; especially as a younger player.
I'm sure you are not saying that coaching would somehow stop the best player in the nhl from taking shots and making passes; 2 basic hockey skills.
Again, regular season coaching seems to agree with Sidney.
It seems that Sid really has fallen out of favour with you, penny--or maybe he never was in your good books and I just didn’t pick up on it. I don’t mean this in a challenging or snarky way, not at all, but do you believe that he really just quit on everybody and didn’t care that he was letting his team down? I get the sense that that is truly what you believe. I ask because I can think of other reasons why he might not have been making passes and taking shots and why his game, in general, was not up to par. What has you so convinced that he just quit on everyone and wasn't even trying, if in fact that is your belief?
I’m not a person who expects to be presented with the Stanley cup every season. I like the games, the action.
My response was regarding the level of expertise in a coach. Sidney is going to win the Hart Trophy, deserved. But he did it with Blysma as his coach.
Sid's compete level was off during the play-offs. I don’t know why, but as a player, don’t you have to think about doing the basics to get into the game? Shooting the puck seems like a natural to get your game going. Do you or I know if Sid is concealing an injury; we don’t! I’m going by what I saw on the ice. Sid is my Captain oh Captain; family.
I don’t turn against easily, I’m a loyal sort.
Thanks, penny, for your response and for clarifying your comments. While my reading comprehension is usually pretty good, I’m not always spot on when it comes to reading between the lines. And in case you may have misinterpreted my response, I was never questioning your loyalty. I know you to be one of the staunchest Penguin fans around, which is why your comments about Sid--which apparently I misread--had me puzzled.
I think I’m overly sensitive these days to all the criticism that Sid is receiving and this has resulted in a knee-jerk reaction whenever I feel he is being criticized unfairly. While I’m a big Sid fan, that doesn’t mean I’m blind to his shortcomings, but, man, are the knives ever out for him. Without a doubt, his playoff performance this year fell way short of expectations; however, when I look at all the things he has had to deal with this year, and the physical and emotional toll that would take, I’m not surprised that his compete level was down. I wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t totally burned out. And who knows what other stuff might be going on in his life--both on and off the ice--that would sap his energy and affect his ability to perform at an elite level. When I take all of this into consideration, I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt and believe that what he put out is all that he could muster.